Blue Valentine ★★★★★

Blue Valentine is, obviously, about love. The conception and destruction of it between two hearts, two bodies, and two backgrounds. The levitating bliss of the first touch and the piercing, aching pain of the last word. It is about a specific love that thrives from opportunity and dies out from an overwhelming incompatibility, that type of love that shoots into the veins like a shot of adrenaline and sours as viciously as a passionate "I hate you" to the one you love the greatest. It's a gut-punch. A tear-jerking, nihilistic, complex, and beautifully numb gut-punch. A+

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